9 months
13028 GBP/year
6072 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Graduate Diploma Politics offered by the University of Essex is a nine-month full-time course which provides a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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The Graduate Diploma Politics offered by the University of Essex  is for you if you already have an undergraduate degree, but not in politics, and therefore need further study before taking politics at Masters level.

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and conceptual foundations of political science, and master the necessary quantitative methods for your study of politics.

You also choose from a range of optional modules on topics including:

  • Mass media and democracy
  • Forecasting global trends
  • Ethics and public policy
  • International security
  • Public opinion

Your future

All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

As well as enabling you to go on to a Masters course of your choice in politics, this course will also develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design, quantitative methods, data analysis and essay-writing.

Our graduates go on to enjoy influential careers in British, European and international politics. This includes working as an MP, being the Speaker of the House of Commons and employment as political lobbyists or staff assistants to MPs and MEPs.

Our graduates have also gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:

  • The Civil Service
  • Local government
  • The World Bank
  • The United Nations
  • NATO
  • YouGov and YouGov America

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantitative Political Analysis

  • Conflict Analysis

  • Authoritarianism

  • Ethics and Public Policy

  • Advanced Quantitative Political Analysis

  • Electoral Behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to.


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2.2 degree in any subject

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13028 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13028 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    6072 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6072 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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